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Angie Craig on Education

 

 


Prioritize funding for public schools, students, teachers

I'll always prioritize funding for our public schools, students and teachers. One of my sons has learning challenges, and as his mother, I deeply understand the necessity of fully funding special education. I believe a quality education for every student is something we can all agree on. We also need to make sure our teachers are supported. Last year, I cosponsored the effort to double the amount educators are able to deduct for out-of-pocket expenses for their students and classrooms.

I support a pre-K through 14 public education system that would provide for the first two years of post-secondary education (technical education, earning an associate's degree or the first two years of a bachelor's degree). We need to increase Federal Pell Grants and invest in our two-year and community colleges. I helped introduce the Remedial Education Improvement Act, to create a grant program allowing federal student aid money to support up to two years of developmental education.

Source: 2018 MN-2 House campaign website˙AngieCraig.com , Apr 27, 2020

Remote special ed financial strain for school districts

National policymakers have raised concerns that delivering special education services remotely will cause financial strain for school districts. Minnesota Reps. Angie Craig and Pete Stauber, and California Rep. Jared Huffman sent a letter to House leadership in late March, asking them to include more money for kids with disabilities in a federal aid package.

Abrupt school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the absence of guidance from the federal government upended special education in some parts of the United States. Some districts initially canceled some special education services or online learning altogether over fears that virtual lessons wouldn't be accessible for students with disabilities.

Source: Minnesota Reformer on 2018 Congressional MN-2 election , Apr 15, 2020

Career-training program as alternative to college

Key messages: Craig said she grew up in a working-class family, had to work to pay for her education, and was often without health insurance. She wants to fix Washington so that hard-working families could move up in the world like she did.

Craig highlighted her relationship with her wife and 4 children, saying she wanted to help other families get ahead. She specifically pointed to her son's enrollment in a career training program to show her support for alternatives to college.

Source: Ballotpedia 2018 Congress MN-2 Key Message election analysis , Oct 9, 2018

Prioritize increasing access to vocational training

Q: What action, if any, will you take to help your Minnesotans get steady work and living wages?

Angie Craig: I will prioritize increasing access to vocational training to ensure workers have the skills they need for the good-paying available jobs here in Minnesota. To help the economy grow and families prosper, we must focus on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurship, improve our state's infrastructure, invest in America and invest in Americans.

Source: League of Women Voters Q&A on 2018 Congress MN-2 election , Sep 9, 2018

CC:No vouchers for private schools.

Craig opposes the CC survey question on education vouchers

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Education Vouchers that Allow Parents to Choose a Public or Private School for their Children' Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."

Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-7 on Jul 1, 2018

2017-18 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Education: Angie Craig on other issues:
MN Gubernatorial:
Amy Klobuchar
Chris Coleman
Erin Murphy
Jeff Johnson
Lori Swanson
Mark Dayton
Matt Dean
Rebecca Otto
Tim Pawlenty
Tim Walz
Tina Liebling
Tina Smith
MN Senatorial:
Amy Klobuchar
Jason Lewis
Jim Newberger
Karin Housley
Paula Overby
Steve Carlson
Tina Smith

Freshman class of 2019:
"Freshman class" means "not in Congress in January 2017", with exceptions:
* Special election, so sworn in other than Jan. 2019
** Served in Congress in a previous term
*** Lost recount or general election
Freshman class of January 2019 (Republicans):
AZ-8*:Lesko
CA-39***:Kim
FL-6:Waltz ; FL-15:Spano ; FL-17:Steube
GA-7:Woodall
ID-1**:Fulcher
IN-4:Baird
IN-6:Pence
KS-2:Watkins
MN-1:Hagedorn ; MN-8:Stauber
MS-3:Guest
MT-0*:Gianforte
NC-9***:Harris
ND-a:Armstrong
NM-2***:Herrell
OH-12*:Balderson ; OH-16:Gonzalez
OK-1:Hern
PA-9:Meuser ; PA-11**:Smucker ; PA-12*:Keller ; PA-13:Joyce ; PA-14:Reschenthaler
SC-4:Timmons
SD-0:Johnson
TN-2:Burchett ; TN-6:Rose ; TN-7:Green
TX-2:Crenshaw ; TX-3:Taylor ; TX-5:Gooden ; TX-6:Wright ; TX-21:Roy ; TX-27*:Cloud
VA-5:Riggleman ; VA-6:Cline
WI-1:Steil
WV-3:Miller
Freshman class of January 2019 (Democrats):
AZ-2**:Kirkpatrick ; AZ-9:Stanton
CA-49:Levin ; CA-10:Harder ; CA-21:Cox ; CA-25:Hill ; CA-39:Cisneros ; CA-45:Porter ; CA-48:Rouda
CO-2:Neguse ; CO-6:Crow
CT-5:Hayes
FL-26:Mucarsel-Powell ; FL-27:Shalala
GA-6:McBath
HI-1**:Case
IA-1:Finkenauer ; IA-3:Axne
IL-4:Garcia ; IL-6:Casten ; IL-14:Underwood
KS-3:Davids
KY-6***:McGrath
MA-3:Trahan ; MA-7:Pressley
MD-6:Trone
ME-2:Golden
MI-8:Slotkin ; MI-9:Levin ; MI-13:Tlaib ; MI-13*:Jones ; MI-11:Stevens
MN-2:Craig ; MN-3:Phillips ; MN-5:Omar
NC-9***:McCready
NH-1:Pappas
NJ-2:Van Drew ; NJ-3:Kim ; NJ-7:Malinowski ; NJ-11:Sherrill
NM-1:Haaland ; NM-2:Torres Small
NV-3:Lee ; NV-4**:Horsford
NY-14:Ocasio-Cortez ; NY-11:Rose ; NY-19:Delgado ; NY-22:Brindisi ; NY-25:Morelle
OK-5:Horn
PA-4:Dean ; PA-5:Scanlon ; PA-6:Houlahan ; PA-7:Wild ; PA-17*:Lamb
SC-1:Cunningham
TX-7:Fletcher ; TX-16:Escobar ; TX-29:Garcia ; TX-32:Allred
UT-4:McAdams
VA-2:Luria ; VA-7:Spanberger ; VA-10:Wexton
WA-8:Schrier
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